Since Donkey Kong’s first appearance alongside Mario in 1980 he has gone on to star in dozens of his own games, spin-offs and cross-overs. Naturally this has lead to an expansion of his own cast of family members.
With the revelation that Cranky Kong was in fact the character from that original 1980 game, fans have often wondered how the family falls into place.
By piecing together all of the information provided to us throughout the Donkey Kong games, let’s take a look at our favorite Ape family!
*M = Mate
Please note that this uses characters from the video games only. Sorry, Bluster! Additional information, references and such can be found below!
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DK -> Cranky. Grandson/Grandfather.
Wrinkly -> Cranky. Wife/Husband. It isn’t confirmed if she is DK Jr’s mother/ DK’s Grandmother
Diddy -> Dixie. Boyfriend/Girlfriend.
Dixie -> Tiny. Sisters (DK64)
Kiddie -> Chunky. Brothers
Dixie/Tiny -> Kiddie/Chunky. Cousins. (DKC3)
Manky Kong -> Kong Family. Rejects (DKC1)
Wrinkly -> Dixie/Tiny (also Chunky/Kiddie). ‘Relative’ (DKC3)
DK -> Candy. Boyfriend/Girlfriend
Cranky -> DK. Jr. Father/Son
Lanky -> ‘Distant Cousin’/’Twisted Branch’ (DK64)
Cranky -> Diddy/Dixie (this is perhaps an honorary title) ‘Grandpappy’ (DKC2)
Lanky -> Chunky/Kiddie. Uncle Once Removed (German DK64).
Diddy -> Nephew or friend. ‘Nephew Wannabe’ according to DK64 manual (it may be an honorary thing).
Cranky -> DK. Cranky refers to DK as ‘son’ in DK64, which would make DK the grown up DK Jr. This is the less accepted narrative, however, and ‘son’ could technically be short for ‘grandson’.
Cranky has an unnamed/unseen great grandfather mentioned by Bazaar in DKC3. He is likely deceased.
Kong family members with no known place in the family tree:
Redneck Kong was set to appear in the cancelled Diddy Kong Pilot.
Swanky Kong appears throughout the original DKC Trilogy, though his place in the family is unknown.
Funky Kong is often described as DK’s friend (Brawl), his exact place within the family is unknown.
Super DK/Super Diddy are a mysterious duo of characters found in Donkey Kong Country returns.
Chained Kong is a Kong who doesn’t even directly appear in the DK series itself. He is instead found in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars!
Hat Kong (Unnamed Kong with Hat) was a scrapped character for the gameboy game, Donkey Kong Land.
Sumo Kong, Dread Kong, Karate Kong & Ninja Kong are four Kong Bosses from Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. It isn’t known where they fit into the family, however they are seen celebrating the defeat of Ghastly King along with DK at the end of the game!
Possible, unconfirmed Kongs who were not included:
Final Kong/Ghastly King
Special thanks to Nantenjex and Cart Boy for helping with the research
Which Kong Family member is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section!